I’m Back! 2019 Spring Stamping Retreat

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, because my was fantastic!  So, today I want to bring you into my Stamping Retreat experience, and share some cute samples / gifts. Our theme for this year was suggested by Kathie, one of our attendees; Butterflies and Blooms… to honor my Mom and my sister Eileen, and all the women in our lives who are strong and courageous.

My apologies for the lack of posts this weekend but I was prepping, cooking and packing for my annual Spring Stamping Retreat this past weekend.  It is always my mission that my guests have a stress free, relaxing yet fun weekend.  Mission accomplished!  I have truly been blessed by the lovely ladies who attend my retreats, and this year was no different.  I love when perfect strangers meet … and by then end of the weekend, they are swapping phone numbers and email addresses.

My guests are greeted at the door by either myself or my helper Cindy.  As they enter the dining room with a wonderful huge table which we all fit around (yes, my retreats are smaller for cozy, personal touch) they find the fireplace adorned with my “Mantle Gifts” … they decorate the room all weekend, but each guest gets to take one home before the leave…

OK … let’s get a little bit closer look at these cute little gift boxes.  I used the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Paper (which I noticed this morning in no longer available) and wrapped it around the Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes, oh my are they pretty! The leaves and butterfly came from the Beauty Abounds bundle from the Occasions Catalog … and the little flower – not sure which set that came out of!! Here is a closer look …

Each butterfly and flower on these boxes were given a touch of the Wink of Stella, and really brought the twinkle of the boxes out.

Next we take our guests to there room … each room has door tags with our guests name on them …

The tags were stamped with the “His Grace” stamp set and the butterflies are from the “Beauty Abounds” set … again, the flowers and the butterfly were touched up with the Wink of Stella.

They have a welcome gift on their bed. This retreats gift was a notepad decorated with the Petal Promenade Designer Series paper and a mechanical pencil to match! And our tag was hand stamped “So Happy You’re Here” …

Once our guests are all settled in, they can relax by the fireplace or enjoy the beautiful lake view.  We all seemed to gather around the dining room table and got to know each other before we sat down to eat a home cooked meal … Friday nights are usually two homemade soups, french bread and salad with all the fixin’s!

Our next adventure for the weekend is to head off into our stamping room, I’m all set up and ready for my guests …

Their stamping spots are all ready for them, and all their projects are pre-cut, bagged and labeled “per stamp session” and ready for them to use! Is it extra work for me? … Maybe, but I do it while I’m watching tv or enjoying a quiet night … Remember, my retreats are designed for an “escape” from the stress … just relax and have fun stamping!!  There bags also included Stampin’ Dimensionals and all the embellishments (and then some) needed for thier projects.

Even though our theme for the weekend was “Butterflies and Blooms” … I wanted to kick off our Friday with a little extra FUN, thus the polka dot bags. It goes with my Friday night theme “Sweetest Thing” bundle from the Occasions catalog…

I couldn’t resist, and the jar behind the greeting sign, matches the one in the bundle perfectly!! Oh, and I knew not to put too much candy out there because my attendee’s like to bring treats for their fellow stampers, and here is just the beginning of what we had!!

There was even more added to our table … lol.  This picture was shared by one of our new attendee’s; Sarah W. Her and her mother-in-law Jane were a pleasure to stamp with. I have been blessed by meeting so many wonderful ladies through my retreats … I love my job!! Here is Sarah and Jane …

Well … I can’t stop here, I have to show you the projects that we did on Friday night with the Sweetest Thing bundle.  Just like you, I head over to Pinterest for a little inspiration, so the card on the right was cased from fellow demonstrator; Leena Girsh… it’s so cute, a few minor additions; the Glitter Enamel Dots from the Annual Catalog.

Our second card was a “Shaker Card” I created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies … we used them a lot over the weekend. And our last project for the night was this cute little treat cup using all of the cute accessories in the “How Sweet It Is” product suite, including the designer paper, reversable ribbon and the cute tags! I have the products listed below.

Sorry for the long post but there is so much to share, and this is only our first evening together! I will be sharing more of my stamping retreat with you all week, including the amazing swap card that our attendee’s created.

Thank you so much for hanging around and waiting for this post, I appreciate your loyalty and love having you as part of my stampin’ tribe! aka “family”.

Have a wonderful week ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you would like to purchase any of the items listed below to create the projects you have seen here, just click on the item and it will take you directly to my stamping store.  You can also use HOSTESS CODE: 9AARKUTJ if you choose.

 

Guest Stamper: OnStage Swap

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

As promised, I’m going to share one of my swap cards from our April 2019 OnStage event … this card was created with the “Best Catch” bundle which can be found on page 44 of the Occasions Catalog.  Now, even if this stamp set does not retire from the catalog, it will no longer be bundled, so if you want to save 10% … you will want to order it before the new catalog is released.

Although there was no “official” name on the back of my swap, but inside the card, there was and email so the creator of this card is Rhonda Syverson!!  I only took a few cards with me to this event, mostly to share with my table mates but I had two left over … so, today and tomorrow you will see those swaps (and I love them both).

Don’t you love how Rhonda did her background? It appears as she inked her folder and then ran it through the BigShot to give it that fun background.  She also did some amazing coloring on her fish … I love this stamp set and have not used it yet so I really wanted to make sure I got one of Rhonda’s card.

Join me again tomorrow to see another swap … totally different than Rhonda’s card today, but both share forms of coloring.

Thanks for joining me today.

STAMPIN’ SUPPLIES USED ON TODAY’S CARD …

 

 

Simply Sunday: Petal Palette Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and I thank you for taking time out of your day to stop and visit my blog.  Today I have a sweet -n- simple card for you, that I created using the Petal Palette stamp set (Annual Catalog – page 119) and the coordinating Petals & More Thinlits Dies.

I used the monochromatic style when creating this card which is done in the Balmy Blue …

My base is Whisper White as was the oval for my greeting and the flowers that were die cut with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies.  I don’t know about you but I feel in love with the Gingham Gala 6″ X 6″ Designer Series Paper … it’s just so “springy”! Reminds me of a warm sunny day. I chose the smaller gingham side (other is wider) and then backed it with Balmy Blue.

The oval was cut from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Die and stamped in Balmy Blue.  As I stated earlier … I die cut the flowers with the Petals & More Thinlits Dies and colored them with the Balmy Blue and Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends Combo packs.  They were then popped up using mini dimensionals and embellished with the clear faceted gems (so pretty).

I think the stitching adds the perfect touch to the gingham and those clear faceted gems really make the little flowers pop! Cute yet quick … that’s just how we have to have it sometimes!!

Again, thanks for stopping in today!

I wish you a beautiful Sunday ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

 

Petal Promenade in Gold

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I would like to share with you a card that I created using the Petal Promenade bundle.  I was inspired by so many cards on Pinterest that I just had to pull out this bundle and discover for myself how easy it was to create with it.

Today’s card was done in Very Vanilla and Gold Foil Cardstock with Gold Embossing …

The base is Very Vanilla which I’ve adhered a 4″ x 5-1/4″ Gold Foil sheet that was embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder.  The vanilla that is layered on top of our embossed gold, was heat embossed with gold embossing powder using VersaMark and the pretty diamond pattern in the stamp set.

Next comes the focal point … the heart of the card, where I heat embossed both the floral piece in the corner and the greeting.  The flower in the upper right-hand corner of the card was also heat embossed and die cut with the coordinating dies in the bundle.

Both the Very Vanilla pieces that were heat embossed were also cut out using the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies. I love the delicate edge this creates and it actually coordinates with the stitched areas on the diamond pattern.

Take a moment to check out this beautiful stamp set and the coordinating die and the entire product suite on pages 206 and 207 of the 2018-19 Annual Catalog.

Thank you for joining me today … hope you have a beautiful day.

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Friends and Butterflies …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I did not get my “alternative” project finished yet, however I do have a super cute card that we made at Cindy and Sarah’s stamping party (one of the Make -n- Takes. It’s super simple and perfect for your friend.  I’m using the Beauty Abounds stamp set and nothing says spring like “butterflies”

I stamped the background with the “Bokeh” dots … it just creates another layer of dimension. The focal point of the card is the beautiful butterfly designer paper that you can get for FREE during Sala-a-bration with a qualifying purchase.  So … how did I get that sparkle on there?  Good Question!!

There are two ways to do this technique which I call the Glimmer Designer Paper Technique and it’s one of my favorites because it creates such a “WOW” whenever I show it.

  1.  Grab your Silicone pad … you’ll want it for both ways. Place your designer paper onto the silicone pad and with your Snail adhesive – cover the entire piece of designer paper. Next, sprinkle with the Dazzling Diamonds glitter, tap off excess and gently rub it into the adhesive using your finger tip. Tap off excess again.
  2. The second way to do it is just switching adhesives, the rest is the same.  If you are covering a larger piece of designer paper, you will want to use the Multipurpose adhesive sheets. This is also super simple.  Peel off the first layer, lay your designer paper onto the adhesive sheet … then peel off the top layer and add glitter as in step one.

Besides the beautiful butterflies in this stamp set, the verbiage is perfect for sharing a card with your friend.  I added a little ribbon to the card and some rhinestones to jazz it up a bit.

And to create another layer of dimension … I added a piece of vellum behind the focal point of the card.  Hope you enjoyed this technique and you give it a try … it’s simple, it’s fun and it looks amazing!!

Thank you for taking time out of your day and share it with me by stopping by my blog.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

 

How Sweet It Is …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have some really “sweet” projects to share with you.  I just started playing with the bundle over the weekend and let me tell you, it’s so cute, the colors are fun and the combination of it all is just “tasty”.  We are using the “How Sweet It Is” product suite found on pages 14 and 15 of the Occasions catalog.

Oh my gosh … a jar full of Jelly Beans … I feel like I’m at work!  I must admit, it’s not just because I work in a Candy Store that I was attracted to the Sweetest Thing Bundle, it’s just fun.  You can cut out the jars already filled on the designer paper or you can stamp your own jar and fill it with anything from Jelly Beans to Gummi Bears!

Treat your favorite people to sweet messages and when you Bundle, You save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

This product suite also comes with some delicious designer paper and coordinating reversible ribbon in Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green.  If that isn’t enough, we also have some coordinating Sweet Pins and Tags … oh so cute and you will see how they were used below.

From the pages of the Occasions catalog …

The cute little jar tags can easily be turned into cute cards!!  I am just beginning to explore all of the wonderful components of this product suite … so far, so fun!  I will be sharing my projects at a later date.

So may cute projects on this page … which is your favorite?

I’m so glad your stopped in today to join me, it was so “sweet” of you.

Have a sweet day ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List … 

Birthdays & Thank You’s …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m so sorry I missed you yesterday, I got so involved in creating for my upcoming Stampin’ Retreat that I missed my blog post!! Sooooo … that means I have 2 cards for you today.  And what two better occasions for samples than Birthday’s and Thank You’s.

Our first card today comes from the Occasions catalog and the adorable stamp set; Amazing Life ….

We begin with the background and the Gingham Gala 6 x 6 Designer Series paper (Currently on Backorder) but more is coming in shortly.  The images are stamped and colored and then cut with the Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies. Oh my gosh … there are 13 dies and you can seat them into each other and create frames! It’s Amazing and the as I said, it coordinates with the stamp set so you can save 10% when you purchase them together.

Did you notice that they also stamped on the designer paper … too cute!

Our next card is from the Needlepoint Nook product suite on pages 38 and 39 of your Occasions Catalog … If you’ve been looking for that perfect needlepoint look, then look no further than the Needlpoint Nook Suite, sit back and join me for a quick video showcasing this product suite …

Here is a close up of one of these beautiful cards …

When you purchase this bundle and the designer paper you will qualify for a FREE Sale-a-Bration item.  If you have questions on how to place your order, or would prefer I do it for you, please contact me at lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com or shoot me a message.  You can also find me on my Facebook page… https://www.facebook.com/Lindas-Stampin-Escape-107404235998347/

Thank you so much for joining me today, hope yours is a good one!

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